The Ivy League Ranks First in NCAA Graduation Success Rate for Third-Straight Year
Portions courtesy of the NCAA
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League ranked first in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Division I student-athletes who began college in 2006, combining for an average of 97 percent across its eight institutions, according to the most recent figures.
The Ancient Eight led all Division I conferences for a
third-straight year with Brown and Dartmouth leading the way with
GSRs of 99. Harvard and Yale were next with identical GSRs of 98,
followed by Columbia (97), Penn (96), Princeton (96) and Cornell
The Ivy League is included in the GSR data for the third-consecutive year. The NCAA did not collect graduation rate data for student-athletes who were not receiving athletically-related aid until 2004. League schools are included in the GSR data now that the six-year graduation rate data for those student-athletes who began college in 2004 is available.
The GSR for the most recent four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (entering college between 2003-06) climbed to 81 percent, an all-time high for the NCAA, as noted by NCAA President Mark Emmert. Most demographic groups posted similar year-to-year rates, with the exception of African-American females who increased their GSR by two percentage points to 78 percent.
Many sports that experienced a down year in the data reported in 2012 have rebounded, with men’s basketball, Football Championship Subdivision football, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer all reporting gains.
The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess the long-term academic success of student-athletes. The GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.